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Connecting the Dots of Collaboration: Making Inclusion Work Rachel ZindlerHannah Rosenthal
When it comes to making inclusion work, there’s a delicate balance between professional expertise and personal relationships. In this interactive workshop, we invite attendees to think broadly about who the collaborators are in the daily experience of students with inclusive services. Presenters from Teaching2gether will model proven methods for collaboration and will guide a rich exchange of ideas. Participants will work together to develop a bank of strategies to connect all stakeholders in a student’s school life, from paraprofessional to teacher to specialist, and will leave the session with personalized tools they can integrate immediately into their practice.
Disproportionality Through a Cultural Lens Sherry DiMarco
Schools today are becoming increasingly diverse and culturally rich. An understanding of cultural similarities and differences is critical to avoiding disproportionate representation in Special Education and in disciplinary referrals. This workshop will explore strategies and practices that embrace cultural diversity and enhance educational services for children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Collaboration: Practical Strategies for Inclusion Susan Hentz
Expectations are changing. Students are held accountable for their learning at higher, more complex levels. Teachers must engage increasingly diverse learners and ensure greater student outcomes. Join us for the 2014 Inclusion Institute as we explore ways to achieve these expectations.
Including Reading Instruction in the Secondary Inclusion Classroom Judy Bulter & Katherine Williams
Through this session, secondary teachers will recognize what is expected of proficient readers. Teachers will identify tools to find students’ current instructional reading levels. Effective strategies for planning and implementing reading skill acquisition at the instructional and independent levels will be provided. Given this knowledge, teachers will recall and apply instructional planning skills to ensure they come away with at least one strategy to bring back to a collaborative core content classroom.
Including Students With Sensory Impairments: It's Just Best Practice Debra Leff & Elaine Young
Come learn about the impact vision and/or hearing loss has on students. "Walk in their shoes" with simulations of VI or AI. Teachers and paraprofessionals will go away with specific techniques for including these students in the general ed classroom. Some strategies are common to all students - it's just best practice.
Interactive Accommodations For Literacy Challenges Perry Stokes
The Interactive Accommodations For Literacy Challenges will provide the attendee with an innovative and unique simulation that showcases a full range of classroom accommodations across several content areas. Participants will experience accommodations from the student's perspective. Workshop attendess will be accommodated by both the physical arrangement of the classroom as well as instructionally within the various assignment parameters. Challenged readers and writers will access the very same literacy assignment in a needful, meaningful but different manner as their peers will access this same assignment. The simulation workshop will also provide resources for lesson planning and examples of accommodated classroom assignments.
I’ve Got 99 Problems. Communication Ain’t One. Phuong Palafox
Do you have students working on understanding language and oral expression, social skills and communication? This energetic and informative session is for ALL educators. You will walk away with practical team strategies for vocabulary, processing, peer interaction and overall communication. You will also walk away energized and ready to tackle the new school year.
Perfect PLAAFP Statements Lead to Purposeful Plans Cathy Miller
Well written IEPs provide a foundation for appropriate services. This session will provide an overview of the appropriate tools and skills needed to create a student-focused Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Using tools and strategies that can be applied to any student, participants will practice writing PLAAFP statements that lead to well written academic and functional goals and objectives.
Progress Monitoring for Secondary Students: Making It Work Christina Patrin and Katherine Williams
With the increased demands for grade level achievement, how do we develop an instructional plan that addresses the weakness in foundation skills and grade level content? Data, data, data. In this session, we will explore the data options for students at the secondary level. We will develop an individual or campus wide system for collecting data. We will utilize the data to develop quality IEPs and a solid instructional plan.
With the information that we currently have, how can teachers implement the accommodations of the NEW STAAR A assessment into classroom practice?
This session will be full of hands-on, practical strategies for getting students ready for the new assessment.
Strategies to Use with Your WHOLE Class to Benefit Your Students with ADHD Janice Burch
It is very difficult to individualize all of the strategies, supports, and techniques that each student in your class may need. This session will focus on some basic classroom management strategies that have a huge impact on the success and engagement of students with ADHD. We will also share more specific strategies that can be used for students with more severe attention and organizational issues.
Struggling Students? "Tech"niques and Tools to the Rescue! Nichole Kertis
With STAAR M gone, and students’ learning needs remaining, providing appropriate accommodations is more critical than ever. Don’t work harder, work smarter! Are you using the free technology tools at your disposal to scaffold your instruction, differentiate lessons and provide accommodations so that ALL students are successful? Mac/PC/Google/iOS/1:1/0:0…? Doesn’t matter. Participants of this interactive session will leave with an online toolkit of resources and at least one powerful new tool to implement when school starts.
Support Students with Autism in the General Education Classroom Cyndi O'Toole
Will you have a student with autism in your class? With the prevalence of autism at 1 in 68, the question should be, “When will you have a student with autism in your class?” At some point in your professional career you will interact with a student with autism. This session will provide you with basic information about the characteristics of autism and strategies you can implement with little preparation.
The Concrete Model of Good Math Instruction Misty Terrell & JC Sanders
In this session educators will acquire strategies and ideas for how best to adapt the general education curriculum to meet the needs of students with disabilities. We will debunk the myth that students struggling should not be exposed to higher mathematical concepts. Participants will also gain ideas for how to adapt and modified curriculum while maintaining great expectations for all students.
The Hidden Impact of Second-Language Exposure Lisa Rukovena
Every student brings with them their own story, part of which is the language or languages that they've heard since the time that they were born. Supporting students with a history of second-language exposure requires us to understand the critical differences between monolingual and bilingual development. With this understanding, we can not only prepare more appropriate classroom instruction and intervention, but we may also learn that, what was believed to be an aspect of language disorder, may actually be due to a language difference. In this session, participants will discover the ways that bilingual development differs from monolingual development and how to support students' educational needs with consideration of second-language exposure.
Think College! Inclusive Opportunities in Higher Education Elizabeth Danner
Applying to college can be an exciting and intimidating process for every student. Students with disabilities face unique challenges as they research and consider schools that can offer the opportunities they want while supporting their specific needs. Educators should know how to support students along the continuum of disability in selecting and accessing college opportunities.
This session will review the types of programs and services offered at the higher education level and ways that secondary educators can help ALL students understand and apply for schools and supports to ensure college success.
Students need an explicit structured approach to learning writing skills that can be applied in all classes. Writing instruction at each Tier of an effective secondary RtI model will be explored in this session. Participants will also experience how the Strategic Instruction Model(R) within a Literacy Framework uses Learning Strategies to improve students' writing skills through teaching them specific sentence structures.